This cop is clearly too cowardly to even be on a police force if he panics at the sight of a dog approaching him. He no doubt would also shoot a person just as quickly. Don't these officers carry pepper spray, tasers, and a nightstick as well as their gun? Why is their first response to use deadly force on an animal when they have other options available?
Postal workers, utility workers, and the like encounter dogs and other animals in the performance of their duties but don't feel the need to kill any
animal that approaches them.
I myself have had dogs run up to me when walking down a street, or going through a park where people are exercising their dogs, and I didn't panic, or feel threatened to the point that I felt I needed to harm the animal.
Clearly these officers that engage in this "shoot first" type of mentality and behavior are not only being very poorly trained, but possibly mentally unstable. Any person, such as police officers, whose occupation allows them then use of deadly weapons against either Humans or animals, should be required to take regular drug tests to insure they are not being effected by some narcotic, such as steroids, in their system. They should also be subject to regular mental evaluations, performed by a qualified medical professional to show that they are mentally competent to handle the stresses of their occupation.
These types of incidents happen far too often and with too much frequency to be considered "accidents" or "justifiable shootings". This being a Presidential election year, candidates for that office should be questioned as to how they plan to address the issue of police brutality and unwarranted killings by police on a nation-wide basis. If we need to have national standards for education, and students have to be continually tested to see if they meet those standards, then it is absolutely time to establish national standards for armed police officers, and they should be tested as well to determine their eligibility to meet those standards.